Yes, that is Donald Pleasance. Also, the first screen role for Jack Thompson, who lives up in the hills just behind me (saw him in town once and wondered why that old tramp looked so familiar). Also in trivia, the leading man, Gary Bond, who took second billing to Pleasance, was for some years the partner of Jeremy Brett, the definitive Sherlock Holmes, who once went on a skiing holiday with a mutual friend of @trregeagle
and I. (By his own account at least. I could not bring myself to press for details; if only Ruben had been present at that revelation!) Brett was earlier married to fellow actor Anna Massey. Her name I noticed once on a post-it note stuck to a shelf in the office of a co-worker who was later to become my girlfriend of nearly a decade. It was memorable because I thought it an odd thing to make a note of in the context of a large multinational corporation, but to this day have never asked her about it. I in turn was, for reasons which shall remain lost to history, born in Broken Hill, the location for the fictional Yabba, the year after this film was shot. I have considered venturing up into the hills to greet Mr Thompson with the cry "Daddy!", in the hope of an inheritance, or at least hush money, but frankly nobody's even going to bother with a DNA test when it comes to me and a bronzed, blond-haired, blue-eyed, quintessentially Aussie bloke, even if we do both dress like tramps these days. It's all connected, though. Join the dots. The truth is out there. Well, it's certainly not in here, at any rate. There's no room for it, with all this mess.